You know, us fruit flies shouldn’t be born in churches
I only got what two— four weeks to live?
Usually, that’s fine with me, y’know?
I’m supposed to be having an exciting time, right now
hanging around molding bananas and thrown-out apples
eating and fucking and pissing and buzzing and
bugging folks and pissing some more and eating
some more and getting flicked at and whipping and
twitching under people’s noses and sneaking up
an arm and tad bit more fucking and pissing and
But, buzz buzz, bitch,
you know what I’m doing instead?
Now I’m flyin’ over here,
Listening to priest’s homilies about how God falls with every sparrow
— Goddamn birds, those bitches get all their squawking attention
How it’s not good the way I’m eatin’
The way I’m pissin on the pews
Like now you got me
on whether I should like ask the chick that I’m
about to fuck if i should like
stay and support her or some shit?
Like how I can live on bread alone when I don’t really like gluten anyway? Wow, would you look at me
FYI, I ain’t about to plead to see
those extra weeks
Not so sure whether
it’s normal for me to plead for an afterlife
What would it be like to pray for some of that eternal life?
Could I possibly
hope for an eternity
an eternity of
eating and fucking and pissing and buzzing
it wasn’t such a bad thing
isn’t so bad
Hey— ay!— ay! y’all I don’t have time to start
hearing you catechising
I shouldn’t be ruminating
shouldn’t be considering
seeking for something
that isn’t an apple or a silly cheese string
I got other shit to do y’know
Jenn Uche is a writer from Massachusetts. She is a Grubstreet Teen Writing Fellow, and her writing has been nominated for an American Voice Award by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She was also named co-champion of the Lions Youth Speech competition within the entire state of Massachusetts for an original speech. She is the founder and president of her school’s creative writing club— proudly dubbed “The Walrus” after C.S. Lewis’s poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter.” She tweets @iunveiledthem!